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New Ice Cream Parlor Coming to Give Kids The World Village

Aug 8th, 2019 [Kissimmee, FL]


Community Partners Chip in To Support Critically Ill Children

For immediate release:

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (August 8, 2019) – Give Kids The World Village, the Kissimmee-based nonprofit that fulfills wish vacations for critically ill children and their families, is building a $2 million ice cream parlor slated to open in late 2019, called Henri’s Starlite Scoops.


The new parlor wouldn’t be possible without the help of twelve community partners and countless individual donors who contributed specifically to this space-themed venue. Henri’s Starlite Scoops will be a nod to Give Kids The World Founder, Henri Landwirth, who managed the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach during the Apollo era prior to founding the nonprofit resort.


“The entire building is designed with our guests’ needs in mind,” said Michael Bausman, project manager at Give Kids The World. “One accommodation we’re particularly excited about is our accessible ice cream chest freezers. The traditional ice cream chest is 34 inches in height, making it difficult for children in wheelchairs to see in to pick out their ice cream. We custom-built ours at 28 inches so everyone can choose their flavor.”


Wheelchair accessibility is key at Give Kids The World Village, and this new venue will be no different. The countertops, ice cream freezers, and the building’s open floorplan will allow those in wheelchairs to easily navigate the venue and enjoy its immersive theming. Families will see a 30-foot UFO on top of the building and when inside, they’ll look through the windows out into “space.”


The nonprofit has built a legacy on unlimited ice cream, dating back to the Village opening its gates in 1989. According to Pamela Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World, the latest venue will mark a new era for their ice cream tradition and magical moments for wish families.


“Unlimited ice cream is an important part of giving wish families a week of ‘yes’ where they can forget the worries of critical illness,” said Landwirth, president and CEO of Give Kids The World. “Henri’s Starlite Scoops is our next chapter and we’re so grateful to the partners who are helping us turn this page.”


Give Kids The World is still seeking donations for operational support and added experiences. To donate to this project visit


Participating Partners:

AECOM – Architect, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing

WDW – Original Design Concept

Universal Creative – Creative input

BVCC – General Contractor

Ardaman and Associates – Original surveys and NESHASP

WCCI – Estimator

Kern Studios – Flying saucer

Cemex – All block and concrete

Lo-Temp – Donated HVAC Install, Freezer and Install

Peninsular Engineering – Updated mechanical design for HVAC

American Panel of Ocala – Freezer

Trimark Gill Group – Food Service Equipment

Western Florida Lighting Inc. – Donated light fixtures



About Give Kids The World:

Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort in Central Florida. Critically ill children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations, donated attraction tickets, meals, and more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 170,000 families. For more information, visit


Media Contact

Jessica Mueller

Give Kids The World Village

407-396-1114, ext. 4519

About Give Kids the World Village
Give Kids The World Village is an 89-acre, nonprofit resort built exclusively to serve critically-ill children and their families. Children visiting Central Florida on their "wish trips," stay with their families at Give Kids The World's storybook Village for week-long, dream vacations. Give Kids The World provides meals, transportation, nightly entertainment, and complimentary passes to Orlando's world-famous theme parks and other attractions. There is never any charge to visiting families, and no child is ever turned away. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has served more than 193,000 children and families from all 50 states and 77 countries. GKTW is four-star rated by Charity Navigator, with more than 90 cents of every dollar it spends going to program services.

For more information, contact Give Kids The World Village Public Relations manager, Cindy Elliott.

Give Kids The World

Media Contact

Cindy Elliott
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